Help Create Art from bottle caps at the Schweinfurth

Michelle Stitzlein, "Pincushion Cordifolium," 2013.

The Schweinfurth Art Center invites children, parents, grandparents and friends for a Community Art Project on Sunday, June 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. Artist Michelle Stitzlein will lead participants in the creation of a large butterfly mosaic using recycled bottle caps. This event is free and open to the public.

The Art Center is looking for donations of latex paint and clean, plastic bottle caps of all colors for the project. Participants should bring along a drill if they have one. The project will be a great activity for dads, grandfathers and kids celebrating Father’s Day.

Michelle Stitzlein will be featured the Art Center’s upcoming summer exhibit, Industrial Nature: Works by Michelle Stitzlein. Stitzlein’s artwork borrows ideas and concepts from nature but are not imitations of any one species of plant or insect.   The artist creates found object art / sculpture from recycled materials, including piano keys, broken china, license plates, rusty tin cans, electrical wire, bottle caps and plastic bags. One of her pieces to be included in the summer exhibit is Pincushion Cordifolium, which incorporates garden hose, electrical wires, computer cable, enamel pots, bicycle tires, slide carousel and other miscellaneous items.

“I have a strong desire to create. To make ‘something with nothing’ that nobody else wanted,” says Stitzlein.

Industrial Nature will open to the public on Saturday, June 20, and run through Sunday, August 16. The opening reception will be on Saturday, June 20, from 3 to 5 p.m.

The Schweinfurth Art Center is a multi-art center that offers a range of exhibits, classes and programs for all ages throughout the year. Admission is $7 for adults. Members, exhibiting artists and 12 & under free. The Art Center is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.